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Overview of American Imperialism During WWI - Chapter Summary
This chapter provides a high-level overview of American imperialism during World War I. After exploring American imperialism throughout the world prior to the Great War, you'll review the causes that led U.S. involvement in WWI. Our expert history instructors will also help you understand President Wilson's Fourteen Points speech, the consequences of WWI, the Treaty of Versailles and more. Reviewing this chapter can help you:
- Trace the history of American imperialism in Latin America, the Caribbean, China, the Philippines and Hawaii
- Outline the causes and effects of the Spanish-American War
- Recognize the factors that led to World War I
- Explain the United States' official position during World War I
- Summarize Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech
- Describe America's entry into WWI, as well as Russia's exit
- Evaluate the conclusion of WWI through the League of Nations and the Treaty of Versailles
- Understand the consequences of WWI from economic, social and political perspectives
Our video lessons highlight important historical terms, dates and concepts. You can use the video timelines to skip to specific subjects within each lesson. Be sure to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam. The chapter's online format allows you to study at any time using your computer or mobile device.
1. American Imperialism Around the Globe
In this lesson, you'll explore the history of American imperialism and discover how imperialism can appear in many different ways. Afterwards, you can test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. The Spanish-American War: Causes, Goals & Results
The Spanish-American war was a new kind of war involvement for the U.S. It was not for freedom, it was not an internal conflict. It was fought over expansion and the idea of spreading American influence in the Caribbean and in the Philippines.
3. American Imperialism in Hawaii, China & the Philippines
American imperialism had a major effect on the world. In this lesson, find out how a nation became a part of the U.S. for almost 50 years and how one kingdom became a U.S. state. The effect of U.S. imperialism in Asia and the Pacific had a long-lasting and far-reaching effect that we can still see today!
4. American Imperialism in Latin America & the Caribbean
Around the turn of the 20th century, the United States entered a period of non-colonial imperial expansion throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn about the short-term and long-term effects of some of these policies in this video lesson.
5. Causes of World War I: Factors That Led to War
Although World War I began in Europe, it is important to take a look at World War I in relation to U.S. history as well. The U.S. was greatly affected by the war. In this lesson, we'll take a quick and direct look at the causes that led up the war and the assassination that was the final catalyst.
6. The United States in World War I: Official Position, Isolation & Intervention
The United States' best option was to stay out of World War I. They had nothing to gain from getting involved. So, they tried to stay neutral, but as American interests started to lean toward the Allied Powers, many events happened to give the States the final push to enter the war.
7. Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points: Definition, Speech & Summary
Learn about President Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points speech delivered in 1918. Discover what these points actually were and how they affected the outcome of the end of World War I. Following this, test your new knowledge with a quiz.
8. WWI: America's Entry and Russia's Exit
In this lesson, we will learn about America's entry into World War I in 1917, and Russia's exit from the war between 1917 and 1918. We will learn about what led to these developments, and how they affected the course of the war.
9. End of WWI: the Treaty of Versailles & the League of Nations
In this lesson, we will examine the Treaty of Versailles. We will explore the treaty's negotiations at the Paris Peace Conference, take a look at the treaty's terms, and discuss Germany's reaction to the treaty.
10. Economic, Social & Political Consequences of the Great War
In this lesson, we will explore the consequences of World War I. We will learn about the political, economic, and social impact the war had on the United States and Europe.
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